Paula Knorr ’s contemporary eveningwear does not compromise comfort for the wearer. Against a foiled backdrop with early noughties hip hop soundtracking the event, the models glistened under the disco lights during a show-stoppingly sparkling AW19 presentation.
Despite being red-carpet worthy, Knorr’s designs use versatile materials such as jersey and lycra in rich, sumptuous colourways and cuts to create a uniquely modern take on female formalwear. With wearability at the forefront of design, Knorr’s models exuded confidence as couture clothing was realistically formed to not hinder movement, but encourage empowerment and expression.
The party pieces covered all ends of the spectrum, displaying top-to-toe embellished gowns alongside playful co-ordinating separates. The sequins, velvets and satins moved fluidly and appeared almost like chainmail. This feature was accentuated with the longline cuts of kaftans, gowns and tunics which glided across the rose mirrored floor.
Aside from the heavily embellished garments and luxe draped detailing, the silhouettes were very much figure-hugging. Yet the inclusion of elasticated back panels meant that the models could saunter smoothly across the show space in time to the music played by DJ Henri.
Knorr acknowledged the undying athleisure trend not only through her fabrication choices but in the relaxed shaping seen in the sequinned palazzo cut trousers. This was further evident in a neon lycra top made nightclub-worthy with the stunning adornment of Swarovski crystals.
Speaking of crystals, in conjunction with her Swarovski collaboration, Knorr’s AW19 collection also included bespoke jewellery. Models sported geometric silver earrings which perfectly complimented the designs. The bold shapes balanced out the asymmetry of certain garments and the subtlety of the accessories simultaneously rounded off the look but did not overpower, letting the sequins do the talking.
Not only the clothes but the beauty will definitely be a source of inspiration to many for this year’s winter party season. Lips were washed with nude sheen or raspberry glitter, eyelids were dazzling iridescent disco balls and the hair remained naturally tousled with a retro seventies undertone.
It was refreshing to see a designer place comfort at the centre of their creative vision, and it was certainly translated in the presentation; the models were having fun and the spectators were captivated by Knorr’s elegant and extravagant ensembles.
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Text: Natalie Zannikos
Images: Zoe Lower, Rory James